The continuing conversationSeptember 16, 2009
Pattern Recognition: A dialogue on racism in fan communities covers a lot of media/race issues in a really powerful way. It’s really cool to see the kind of dialogue you can get across the board- POC/white allies, LGBTQ & straight allies, across gender, etc. when there’s a baseline requirement for discussion. (ETA: and a great interview w/Verb Noire as well…)
The reason I so often point to sci-fi/fantasy/etc. as media markers is that they’re often not -as tied- to social expectations, and to a degree, form a general space for people to project what they can imagine into. It says a lot going both ways whether you can imagine us in your space or you can’t imagine us at all outside of myths and falsehoods.